Here's What You Need To Know About Hurricane Florence

Misty Newman
September 15, 2018

In one incident, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington.

A man who was trapped inside his New Bern, North Carolina, home by Tropical Storm Florence spoke with Fox & Friends on Saturday.

There have been two fatalities in Kinston as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina in the early hours of September 14 shoving a life-threatening amount of water inland and hammering the coast with 90mph winds.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 115 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. The father was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

About 300 people, most evacuees from the coast, were at the shelter Friday.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the United States electrical grid.

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Florence now huge, slow-moving tropical storm. Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel at the height of the storm. Tropical storm force winds were being felt 195 miles from the center of Florence.

The 63-year-old former firefighter says he was able to sleep through the torrential rain and thrashing winds when then-Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, only waking up to texts he received at 7 a.m. from friends checking up on him.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm. Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropic storm on Friday evening. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state. Their predictions call for moderate flooding at 43 rivers in North Carolina and SC within the next 12 hours. Officials in New Bern Friday morning reported storm surge as high as 10 feet.

More than 650,000 customers were without power in the Carolinas as the eye of Florence went ashore near Wilmington and began its slow trek along the coast, according to poweroutage.us.

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